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Islamist militants kill 27 in deadly Egypt attacks

At least 27 people have been killed in deadly terror attacks by Islamist militants in Egypt's Sinai peninsula.

A number of soldiers were killed when a series of car bombs and mortar strikes hit military targets in the North Sinai capital El-Arish late on Thursday.

The nearby town of Sheik Zuwayid and the town of Rafah, bordering Gaza, were also targeted.

Militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, which pledged allegiance to Islamic State last year, claimed responsibility for the atrocities on its Twitter feed.

Remembering Churchill's funeral 50 years on

It was 50 years ago tonight that Sir Winston's body was lying in state at Parliament's Westminster Hall - ahead of the biggest State Funeral the world had ever seen.

The following morning, half the population of Britain - 25 million people - stopped what they were doing and watched on television.

The TV coverage, like the funeral itself, had been a long time in the planning.

ITV News Royal Editor Tim Ewart reports:

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Sun sets on latest IS deadline for prisoner exchange

The family of a Jordanian hostage are enduring another night wondering about the fate of the pilot kidnapped by Islamic State.

The terrorists of the self styled Islamic State said the Jordanian pilot would be killed if his country did not release a would-be suicide bomber by nightfall.

ITV News Middle East Correspondent Geraint Vincent reports from Jordan.

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Survivors feel betrayed all over again by chaotic inquiry

I have been shown a letter by a victim who approached the inquiry willing to give evidence is strict confidence back in October.

She heard nothing then until this month when she suddenly got a letter from the police, who had been passed her details.

She was horrified by this - her alleged abuser was a family member and she did not want the police involved.

The inquiry say it is their policy, and it says on their website, that they will inform the police if they are told of a crime.

What this amounts to is a group of survivors who have been abused, who feel they have been very let down by the authorities in the past and who see the chaos around this inquiry and feel betrayed all over again.

Priests inaugurate church built entirely from ice

Priests trudged through deep snow in a remote Romanian mountain range today to inaugurate a very unusual church.

Priests hold an inaugural mass in the ice church at Balea Lake, Romania Credit: REUTERS/Radu Sigheti

The chapel is built entirely from ice and snow, and forms part of the Hotel of Ice at Balea Lake in the Fagaras Mountains.

A group of priests arrive for the inauguration Credit: REUTERS/Radu Sigheti

The church, which is covered with decorations and even has an altar carved from ice, will accommodate a busy schedule of weddings, baptisms and concerts.

A priest leads the ceremony behind a carved ice altar Credit: REUTERS/Radu Sigheti

The Hotel of Ice accommodates guests in 12 double rooms, where the temperature hovers between -2 and 2 degrees Celsius.

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